This species may be transferred to the genus Phyllanthus. A paper by Warren L. Wagner and David H. Lorence ‘A nomenclator of Pacific oceanic island Phyllanthus (Phyllanthaceae), including Glochidion’ PhytoKeys 4:67-94 (2011)[
], has proposed submerging the genera Breynia, Glochidion, Reverchonia, Phyllanthodendron, and Sauropus into a broadened concept of the genus Phyllanthus. This proposal has not yet (2014) been fully accepted, although the ‘World Checklist of Selected Plant Families’ has accepted the name changes of the Pacific Island species of Glochidion, as detailed in the paper. No revised form of this name has been seen as yet[
Bradleia coronata Benth.
Bradleia rubra (Blume) Steud.
Bridelia glauca Benth.
Diasperus coronatus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Diasperus leiostylus (Kurz) Kuntze
Diasperus subscandens (Zoll. & Moritzi) Kuntze
Diasperus wightianus Kuntze
Glochidion coronatum Hook.f.
Glochidion diversifolium (Miq.) Merr.
Glochidion foliosum S.Moore
Glochidion grave S.Moore
Glochidion insulare Hook.f.
Glochidion leiostylum Kurz
Glochidion penangense (Müll.Arg.) Airy Shaw
Glochidion subscandens Zoll. & Moritzi
Glochidion thorelii Beille in H.Lecomte
Glochidion versicolor S.Moore
Phyllanthus diversifolius Miq.
Phyllanthus penangensis Müll.Arg.
Phyllanthus subscandens (Zoll. & Moritzi) Müll.Arg.
Photograph by: Shih-Shiuan Kao
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0
Glochidion rubrum is an evergreen shrub or a tree that usually grows up to 5 metres tall, though specimens up to 15 metres have been recorded. The bole is usually up to 6cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
E. Asia - southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Rare to locally common in evergreen forest, secondary forest, deciduous forest, open Melaleuca forest, open thickets; roadsides, streams, forest edges, peat swamp edges, ridges; at elevations from sea level to 500 metres, occ to 2,175 metres[
|Other Uses Rating||
Found in the wild on silty, rocky, clay shale, sandy podsolic and limestone soils[
This species is noteworthy for its pollination mechanism, which involves a symbiotic relationship with moths of the genus Epicephala. This closely parallels that found in Yucca species[
The macerated leaves are used in the treatment of haemorrhoids[
The wood is used for timber[
If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.